Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 Reviewred454 -
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $75 to $80
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Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 Introduction:
Recently I received four coolers from Reeven to review, and I will put them in order of size starting with the smallest - the Brontes, the Steropes, the Ouranos, and finally the Okeanos. The Okeanos (which is being reviewed today) is by far the largest, boasting dual towers and two fans. You could call the Okeanos the big brother to the Ouranos.
If you think that these names are a bit odd, I may be able to clear things up just a bit: The names of the latest Reeven coolers, Brontes, Steropes, Ouranos, and Okeanos fill out the list of new coolers from Reeven and have roots in ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Without going into too much detail, the Okeaonos RC-1402 CPU cooler is named for Okeanos, the divine personification of the World Ocean, an enormous river that encircled the world. Okeanus (aka Oceanus) was later believed to be a representation of all bodies of salt water. Were you paying attention? There may be a quiz later.
Before we dig into the review, I would like to go over my experience with Reeven, which began earlier this year with the Hans RC-1205 and Justice RC-1204 reviews. Both of those coolers gave acceptable performances that were in the middle of the field - not bad, but not overly exciting. Now in this recent batch of coolers, the smaller Brontes and Steropes ran somewhat on the hot side, but you have to consider that it is intended for a small form factor or HTPCs which don't typically have much space for CPU coolers and are usually not thrashed to the thermal limits like an overclocked gaming PC might be. Next came the Ouranos; a much larger single tower-style cooler, which delivered impressive cooling results. Since there are a lot of design similarities between the Ouranos and the Okeanos, I expect the results to be equally impressive.
The Okeanos is currently the largest cooler offered by Reeven. The Ouranos RC-1401 turned out to be a rather impressive cooler in several areas - it not only delivers some of the lowest temps in my thermal testing, it also comes in at less than $60, so it will be a hard act to follow.
Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 Closer Look:
The packaging for the Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 starts off with a nice 3/4 view of the dual tower cooler on the front panel. The front fan is a 120mm unit while a larger 140mm fan is sandwiched between the two towers. At the top, we see a couple of text boxes stating that the unit has dual radiators, which is clear from the picture and we also have a combination of 6mm and 8mm heat pipes. This feature is also found in the recently reviewed Ouranos and proved to be a successful combination. And at the bottom there is a list of the socket coverage. The text at the bottom spells out the Core i3, i5, and i7 coverage. All sides of the box are full of information and graphics, so let's spin the box around and see what else there is.
The left side panel has another nice shot of the overall cooler, this time from a lower angle. You can really see the fin stack density in this view. At the bottom there are three small graphics, showing that the cooler is capable of using two fans, it has dual radiators, and nickel plated heat pipes.
On the right side panel there are some graphics showing a few general dimensions. Along the top panel is, again, a list of the socket coverage and at the bottom there is a list of cautions in English and Japanese. Moving on to the top of the box, there is a list of features including the dual radiators and dual fans, six nickel plated heat pipes, unique mounting kit, and the SSA (Speed Switch Adapter), which is for fan speed adjustment. On the rear panel there is a list of the specifications in seven languages.
When you open the box, the first thing you see is the Reeven logo on the top of the dual towers. When you remove everything from the box, the two outer cardboard sections are held together with interlocking tabs. One side holds the installation hardware and the other holds a 140mm PWM fan. The smaller box between the cooling towers holds a 120mm PWM fan. The packaging is effective and well-planned. The interlocking tabs really hold everything together inside the box.
The cardboard boxes secure the fans and protects them during shipment. In the bottom of the main box there is a cardboard nest that cradles the bottom of the cooler and keeps it from moving around.
There is a single two-sided instruction sheet consisting of easy-to-follow assembly and installation steps. The hardware consists of mounting components for AMD and Intel installations, three sets of fan clips (one set for each fan and one extra set) and two fan speed reducers. The thermal paste is in a clear plastic pouch rather than the typical syringe-style dispensing tube. There is a painted steel back plate that installs behind the motherboard and provides support to the cooler and a small wrench, which comes in handy during the installation.